Using Layers and why they’re important

Always make sure you’ve set up your document using layers. It can be exciting starting a new project, but setting it up well will cost you less time down the line if you make a mistake. As a rule, add a new layer for each new article you use in your project. This would mean that if you have 3 circles to add, put each one on a new layer. Make a note of what you have on which layer so you don’t get confused later on as your project grows.

The layers module was built with ease-of-use in mind. You’ll find the layers option in the menu and the module to the right of your workspace. In the module, you can re-order your layers using the green plus sign and delete an entire layer using the red ex-sign. You can also set the Alpha levels to have that layer show at a lower opacity. This makes it transparent.

The biggest advantage of using layers while editing images is that if you’re planning on doing very advanced work or effects, you don’t change the image itself. So if you DO make a mistake, your original image is still beneath the new layers you’ve added. You can simply remove the layer that has the mistake on it if it’s not possible to undo the mistake. This can save you plenty of time and energy.

When saving a large project, make a duplicate of it and flatten the image. You’ll find this option under the layers tab at the very bottom of the list. This makes the final JPG smaller and easier to download.